The reservists are spread all over the IAF in a variety of positions: aircrew members, technicians, ground defense soldiers and aerial defense combatants
7% volunteers that passed the age of exemption
The intensive connection between the force and its reservists has become quite unique in the military view
the IAF has 50,000 reservists on call About a decade ago, the IDF established the official honoring day for the reserve service women & men. About 50,000 reservists serves in the IAF and they leave there family and work places dozens of times a year to serve their country
Naomi Zoreff | Translation: Eden Sharon
When Colonel S’ is talking about his 25 years of service, he quotes the philosopher jean-jacques Rousseau saying that “Youth is the time to acquire knowledge, old age is the time to use it”.
Colonel S’ is certainly not alone – the IAF has 50,000 reservists on call, of which 20% women and 7% volunteers that passed the age of exemption.
“I come not because I have nothing else to do but because of the tremendous significance of the position I hold in the IAF’s Operations branch”, he adds.
The reservists are spread all over the IAF in a variety of positions: aircrew members, technicians, ground defense soldiers and aerial defense combatants. Upon call, the reservists need to stop their daily routine and dedicate one day a week (60 per year) to fulfill their duty.
“Service in the reserves, especially with the intensity required of us, is a challenging issue that requires appropriate preparation in advance. But I have decided that for me it is a top priority, just like having a family and going to work”, states Major (Res.) Yair, a pilot of the “Desert Birds” squadron. “My family is also a part of the efforts. They understand the importance of my service and know that there is no one else to do it instead of me”.
Later this week, Four exceptional reservists will receive the “Chief of Staff medal” for their service: Major (Res.) Nir, of the “Knights of the twin tail” squadron, Major (Res.) Gil Beker from the Ovda Airbase, Sergeant major (Res.) Rami, an airborne mechanic of the Palmachim Airbase and Sergeant major (Res.) N’, a Paramedic of the “Kingfisher” commando unit.
The intensive connection between the force and its reservists has become quite unique in the military view.
“The people of the squadron are my second family”, says Major (Res.) Yair. “Our powerful bond is Important because it produces a positive environment to work in, therefor creating better operational activity. The dialogue between me and the young officers is very professional and I really enjoy working with them. They respect my seniority and military history and I admire their hard work and progress. The age differences is not at all an obstacle and together we are capable of great outcomes”.